Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her party on Thursday announced they would not accept a decision that, once again, clears her of wrongdoing in relation to the massive corruption scandal centered on state-run oil company Petrobras .
An impeachment trial for the former president had been set to start Tuesday. Instead, with Rousseff’s unexpected cancellation, both sides said there was no immediate end to the process and an extended period of uncertainty had ensued.
The impeachment proceedings began in 2015. The Senate voted 61-21 that Rousseff had broken the constitution by allegedly signing off on spending on Petrobras in violation of regulations. She has denied wrongdoing.
Despite those findings, Rousseff’s impeachment was marred by accusations of irregularities, bribery and vote buying, and the country’s judicial system was ultimately unable to put a real end to the case.
The de-facto interim President, Michel Temer, will now prepare for a possible run in the general election in October 2018. Political analyst Flavio Piazza discusses what this means for Brazil.
Rousseff will be replaced by the current president, Temer, until new elections are held. Temer himself faces an impeachment trial in congress.
Rousseff was elected president in 2010 on promises to stem the crisis-ridden tide of corruption rocking Brazil, where billions in public funds have disappeared.
She never led the nation to direct democracy, but over the course of her four-year presidency, she at least tried.
Below are some key facts about Rousseff’s time in office, as the corruption scandals continue to unfold in her absence.